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Begonias
Begonias
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of duets!, July 21, 2005
This review is from: Begonias (Audio CD)
I get all down about the state of country music. The legends like Al Downing & Don Gibson are passing away all of the time.. and I wonder what is going to happen with the future of country music.. deeply concerned.

THEN, a record like "Begonias" is released and it gives me tremendous hope.

Thanks so much to Yep Roc for releasing this album.. most importantly thank you to the ultra-talented Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary.

Duet records are always sort of hit or miss.. you never know what to expect. This one is perfection. As another reviewer mentioned.. the spooky steel guitar is worth the purchase of the cd.

A really, really classic country record. I highly suggest you pick it up.


Tangled in the Pines
Tangled in the Pines
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best record of the year!, April 11, 2004
This review is from: Tangled in the Pines (Audio CD)
BR59 is the most interesting band in music today. They are fresh with their new band members and this new album, Tangled in the Pines, is just absolutely sweet. It's a diverse record.. you don't get just a country record, it's rocking too. Some of it sounds like Creedence, some of it sounds like Hank. How can you go wrong with that?
I recently saw these guys at the Bluegrass Inn on Broadway for the very first time and it blew me away. It was a show to remember and they performed these songs with so much energy..
I had Chuck on my radio show as a guest and a special guest DJ.. while on the program he agreed that it was the bands most diverse record and probably their best.
The album tells you a story, but it's not a concept record. It tells you about this band's journey and where they're at now (too late to go home early now). BR549 is the best band going today and this record is excellent, do yourself a favor and pick it up.


Midnight, California
Midnight, California
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing to Gram Parsons, March 9, 2004
This review is from: Midnight, California (Audio CD)
This guy Dave Gleason just blew me away with his new record "Midnight, California".
This guy is the real deal, nobody else has played California Country music this good in a long, long time. Nobody has played country rock this well in a long, long time.
His first record just called "Wasted Days" by the way included an unreleased Gram Parsons cover called "Funky String Quartet".
Getting back to the new record..
Listening to Dave reminds me a little of Gram, Wynn Stewart, and even a little Dwight.. but most of all he's very similar to Gram. This guy could even be a better songwriter than Gram was.
There is also some beautiful harmony on this record.. one song that sounds like an early Bee Gees song with twang.
You have to pick this record up, it's an instant classic.


After the Storm
After the Storm
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible record!, February 29, 2004
This review is from: After the Storm (Audio CD)
Wynn is clearly at his best on this record. I assume these are some of Wynn's final recordings.. or atleast recordings from when he got to be a bit older. His voice was at it's absolute best on this record.
Wynn is a guy who Marty Stuart said, "Taught Buck Owens and Merle how to do it".
The sound is extremely clear on this record and Wynn's voice is just amazing as noted earlier. If you like Gram Parsons and Gram's influence on the Byrds (Sweetheart of the Rodeo) then I also suggest picking this up. California Country Music at it's finest. Clearly the best Wynn Stewart record available.


Sings
Sings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Watson is back, sounding better than ever!, February 12, 2004
This review is from: Sings (Audio CD)
The title says it all.. Gene Watson sings.
This guy can sing a country song. There is something missing on country music radio and it's emotion and it's honesty. Good country music is missing. Gene Watson brings all the emotion and honesty to the table with his latest record, a great country record.
The guy is like a Ray Price or an Elvis Presley.. his voice just gets better and better as time goes by. "When A Man Can't Get A Woman Off His Mind" is an instant classic. The tune was co-written by Bill Anderson and originally recorded by Craig Morgan, but this is clearly a song that only Gene Watson can sing..
Five stars for this record because it's very powerful, it's diverse, and there really isn't a bad song on the whole record.


Run That By Me One More Time
Run That By Me One More Time
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Price is singin' better than ever., January 12, 2004
Willie's voice hasn't changed a bit, and Ray is singing better than he ever has.
If you're a fan of "good" country music then pick up this album. Buy this cd and then call every country music radio station in your area and surrounding areas and request some music from this record. It was recently nominated for a Grammy and these two guys deserve some airplay on the radio. Let's get people knowing about this album.
I give it five stars because there isn't a bad song on it.


Haggard Like Never Before
Haggard Like Never Before
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merle is still gettin' it done., January 12, 2004
I've been waiting for this record to be released for quite some time now. Listeners to my radio show "Are You Ready for the Country?" have been waiting for this record for quite some time. I know I wasn't disappointed. We had Merle on the show for an interview and really featured this record all across the country to listeners. Mainstream country radio should feel ridiculous that they play the same songs over and over and over. Especially songs that aren't even "country". The songs aren't honest whatsoever and the listeners should call in to those radio stations and request the honest "new" music of Merle Haggard.
This record is so honest, but isn't that what we should expect from Merle Haggard? I've heard some folks claim that it's a good record but it's just not the same "ole Hag" from the past. Yes it is the same Hag.. he's gotten more "Haggard than ever before" but the man is still writing songs about what is going on in his life. He's no longer writing drinking songs because that isn't what's happening in his life any longer. The brilliant thing about Merle Haggard.. the thing that has always been brilliant about Merle Haggard is his honesty. This record may be the most honest one of them all.
The title track is just a real good country song. Merle pouring his heart out.. telling you the road is hard.. telling you he may not be on it for very much longer. It's got a great beat and there's a good solo by Merle in that classic Merle guitar tone.
"That's the News" is classic lyrically.. musically it's a bit weak. It's certainly grown on me though.
"Garbage Man" is a feel good tune. I told Merle it just makes you want to get up and dance. It's one from the old Milton Brown days.
The duet with Willie on "Philadelphia Lawyer (Reno Blues)" is just amazing. Both of these guys are singing great, musically it's classic Hag/Nelson stuff.
"The Downside" may be my favorite on the record. Honky Tonk country. This is the type of song Hag would've done in the 80's.
I could go on and on about every song but I'm not. Pick this record up. The honesty of the tune "I Hate to See It Go" is worth every penny.
The only downside to the record are songs like "Yellow Ribbons" & "Return to San Francisco". Good songs with good messages but musically they aren't that good. That's why I give this record four stars.
Wow, what a long review. Anyway, buy this album today.


Roots Volume 1
Roots Volume 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best Merle Haggard record, ever?, January 12, 2004
This review is from: Roots Volume 1 (Audio CD)
Many have attempted to capture.. or re-capture that old fashioned country music sound. That sound that is known as "classic country". But there's something about the way those songs were recorded.. the lack of technology.. the stripped down approach to the recording sessions of Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams Sr., Floyd Tillman, & Jimmie Rogers.
What Merle Haggard has done in 2001 is capture that "classic country" sound.
Merle's producer Lou Bradley told me that they used a small mixer. Something that an indie artist recording his own material may use. They sat down in Merle's living room and just recorded this thing. The sound is absolutely breath taking.
This record really is a tribute to Merle's hero, Lefty Frizzell. Lefty's original guitar player, Norm Stephens(who is now a member of Merle's band), plays on this record and obviously adds to that classic sound that they were attempting to capture.
Merle also adds a few original tunes that fit right along side the classics written by his idols. "More Than My Old Guitar" & "Runaway Mamma" sound like they came straight out of a small recording session from the 50's.
There is no weak song at all on this album, it's worth every penny. And, it may be the greatest Merle Haggard record that there has ever been. That's a tribute to just how good Merle still is in his 60's.


Next Right Thing
Next Right Thing
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I disagree with the other review.., January 12, 2004
This review is from: Next Right Thing (Audio CD)
I have a syndicated radio show called "Are You Ready for the Country?". When I first received the new T. Graham Brown record for airplay I was a bit skeptical. I liked the song "Darlene" as a kid but I just wasn't sure if his "T-ness" would be making hip music in the year 2003.
I put the cd in my car while driving and was blown away for the next 45 minutes. This record is amazing. The sound on this record is what country music should be about today. Why country radio has ignored this record is insane.
T's remake of "Middle Age Crazy" stood out to me from the first time I heard the song. "My Old Friend the Blues" is extremely powerful.. you can hear the sincerety in T's voice on this one.. he truly feels it. (another thing gone bad on country radio, they have no emotion).
It's upbeat songs are country mixed with some rock and funk.. there's some blues numbers.. some ballads.. it's a perfect record. If you're a fan of "good music", pick this one up. You'll thank me later.


Red Headed Stranger
Red Headed Stranger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant record that you must own., January 11, 2004
This review is from: Red Headed Stranger (Audio CD)
This really is an amazing record. Willie's original is a real classic record. For somebody to decide to cover it in it's entirety is just a brilliant idea to begin with. To then be able to go in and make an album your own.. make a concept your own.. is just a tribute to how good Carla and these musicians truly are.
It's a nice mixture of country & western, jazz, and weirdness. Buy this record right now.


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